My First Job

For 2 and a half years before I moved to college I was a waitress at a family restaurant in the small town I grew up in called John’s Country Kitchen. It is one of the “first job” places where you learn a lot of life lessons from. From this waitress position, I learned how to deal with fast pace situations, handle money, interact with waitressco-workers, etc. It was a life lesson that I will never forget, because of this job I gained the starting block of knowledge that I will always strive to improve upon. I also gained some awesome relationships from this experience. From my bosses who treated me like a daughter, to have those regular customers who knew more about me than just being their waitress. I will forever be grateful for John’s Country Kitchen and all of the experiences I was granted. Small town family businesses are really the heart and soul of small farm towns.

I worked for an International Company

Between my junior and senior year I was able to work for an international asphalt maintenance company named KM International. My position was their social media specialist and secretary’s assistant. During my time there I created multiple “how-to” videos for their equipment, created posts for their Facebook page, kmi-logotransferred phone calls, and dealt with paper work. It was a much more professional setting than the restaurant that I previously stated, which gave me a different work setting to learn from. Through this job I was dealing with the ages of 18 all the way to 60. It was a diverse group of workers and it taught me that you need to deal with each co-worker in a certain way based on their specific needs.

My First CMU Leadership Safari!

College is one of the biggest life changing events that I have every gone through, that is absolutely a fact. Given the opportunity to attend something such as Leadership Safari was truly an incredible transition into college. I left my small home town of Imlay City, Michigan on August 16th, and moved into my new home of Barnes Hall at Central Michigan University. As a freshman at Central Michigan University, I chose to attend the one and only Leadership Safari and it has been one of the best choices I’ve made in college so far. I showed up to CMU my first day, and within an hour had already made at least twenty friends. The love and support I received from my Safari guide and Safari team was more than I could have every imagined. Even the small things meant a lot, such as the creative Leafy Sea Dragon(my Safari Team) taped outside my door with my name on it. The whole week was filled with getting acquainted with the beautiful campus, learning about myself, and gaining friendships that I will have for the rest of my life. I learned where important locations were on campus, smart tools to survive my classes, how to handle stress, and gain life-long friends through the entire week. Also, the beginning of my transition to college was a very vulnerable time for me.

Leafy Sea Dragons of 2014

Leafy Sea Dragons of 2014

Because of that, I was truly blessed to have my Safari Guide teach me the ways of getting around campus, the what not and what to dos, and just how to make it through my first year. The support of my fellow safari participants, safari leader, and core guide really gave the the inspiration and push to make it through my first semester of college with a spark that never died out. I have and will continue to tell ANY incoming freshman to go through Leadership Safari. Being a step ahead at the beginning of the year gets you that much closer to the finish line!

CMU Sibling’s Weekend

As a freshman in college, I really wanted to get involved with a well known event on campus. I decided to volunteer my time to the special events committee. With this position I helped create props for events, give ideas, and work certain events throughout the weekend. Because of this experience, I learned how important 10952411_436563076495238_7969095287333427170_nit is to use “work time” wisely, communicate with people you work with, having a positive attitude, and being flexible. My little sister who is 16 also came up for that weekend! When I wasn’t volunteering, I spent my time doing the activities with her. We went rock climbing, participated in the talent show, and even caught some flying pancakes to eat! Overall, it was such a fun time learning how to work in a time crunch situation for a large event, as well as enjoying time with my sister, and showing her how to proudly wear maroon and gold!



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